So Say We All: The 'Battlestar Galactica' Vocabulary Quiz

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So Say We All: The 'Battlestar Galactica' Vocabulary Quiz
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From the original 1978 TV show through the reimagined series, the slang flies. Chrome jobs, bullet-heads, the Big G. What the frak are they saying, anyway? Test how well you know your "Battlestar Galactica" lingo.
What does BSG stand for?
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Group
BSG stands for Battlestar Group. Galactica leads BSG-75, and Pegasus leads BSG-62.
Battlestar Guns

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True or false: A colony is a planet.
true
It's true; planets are called colonies.
false

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Who is second in command?
ECO
CO
XO
The executive officer, aka the XO, is second in command.

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What color is ambrosia?
bright green
Ambrosia is a bright green alcoholic drink.
bright orange
bright pink

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What are stims?
commanding officers
stimulants
Stims, like speed, are stimulants taken by some pilots to stay awake.
trainee pilots

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Since not "stims," what are trainee pilots called?
centars
nuggets
Trainee pilots are nicknamed "nuggets."
toasters

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What's a free flight jump?
a parachute landing
A "free flight jump" is military jargon meaning a parachute landing.
a maneuver performed near a celestial body
artificial intelligence capable of operating a Viper

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What is a triad?
a military tribunal
a weapon
a card game
A triad is a poker-style card game.

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What's known as the "book of strategy"?
fighter pilot manual
The fighter pilot manual is known as the "book of strategy."
the book of the world
warbook

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What is the Colonial equivalent of "mayday!"?
code blue!
great mother of Artemis!
krypter!
"Krypter!" is used as an emergency distress signal over radio communications.

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What are Cylons?
father-creator
fictional race of artificial intelligence
Cylons are a race of AI that wiped out 99 percent of the human race.
engineers who designed Cylon Centurions

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Calling a Cylon a "skinjob" is a reference to what neonoir sci-fi film?
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
"Blade Runner"
The term "skinjob" refers to 1982's "Blade Runner," where it was used as a derogatory term for a replicant.
"Brazil"

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Which is NOT a type of battlestar in the Colonial fleet?
basestars
Basestars (and raiders) are part of the Cylon, not the Colonial, fleet.
raptors
vipers

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Where are you going if you're heading back to the barn?
back to base
Going back to the barn means you're going back to base.
on a voluntary mission
to Download City

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What is the Colonial equivalent to an Earth year?
sectar
secton
yahren
The Colonial measurement of a year is a yahren.

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If you're in your jock smock, what are you wearing?
a flight suit
A jock smock is a flight suit.
civilian clothing
workout gear

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Which expression is an affirmative reply spoken by Cylons?
by your command
"By your command" is an affirmative reply (yes) to an order given by another Cylon Centurion, the Imperious Leader or other authority.
by your leave
So say we all.

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How many centons are equal to one centar?
six
60
One centar, which is a Colonial measurement of time and analogous to an Earth hour, is equal to 60 centons (like to Earth minutes).
600

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Who are knuckle-draggers?
officers
enlisted personnel
Knuckle-dragger, like "grunt" in the U.S. military, is slang for enlisted personnel.
pilots

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What's a Code Blue?
security alert
"Code blue!" is an internal security alarm call. It's yelled when there's a Cylon sighting aboard Galactica.
medical emergency alert
a way to create virtual reality in someone's own mind

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What is a week of Colonial time called?
micron
sectar
secton
A week of Colonial time is called a secton.

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What is the government-regulated Colonial currency?
cubits
Cubits are used as currency throughout the Colonies. (Daggits, by the way, are dogs. And tucanas are 3-D feline creatures that sing on planet Carillon.)
daggits
tucanas

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What happens when a Cylon is "boxed"?
that Cylon's consciousness is downloaded into a new body
that Cylon's consciousness is downloaded into storage
Being "boxed" means a Cylon's consciousness is downloaded into storage rather than into a new body.
that Cylon's consciousness is deleted

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What is happening when you go "skids up"?
manually aiming missiles at targets
out of ammunition
take off
Skids up means "take off" (or "launch"), and it's often used at the end of mission briefings.

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Which American astronomer completes the expression "for ____'s sake!"?
Carl Sagan
The Colonial expression references Carl Sagan: "for Sagan's sake!"
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Stephen Hawking

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Pyramid is what type of game?
a contact sport
Pyramid is a contact sport, combining elements of football and basketball with baseball and rugby.
a training simulation
a video game

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What is the Colonial pain killer similar to morphine called?
carom
morpho
Morpho, similar to morphine, is a pain killer.
wilco

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Who is the Actual?
the commanding officer
The commanding officer is referred to as the "Actual" over wireless transmissions.
the senior pilot
the Imperious Leader

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Tally, short for "tally-ho," means what?
an enemy target sighting
Tally means there's a sighting of an enemy target.
Safeties are off, and weapons systems are armed.
as soon as possible

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True or false: Derez, short for deresolution, was first coined in Disney's "Tron."
true
"Tron" was one of the first movies to use computer-generated worlds and avatars, and it was the first to use "derez," which means "deresolution" (when the avatar dissolves or is deleted).
false

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